Barbara H. Rabkin Barbara Rabkin, a self-educated multi-media artist, taught and exhibited her art in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. She continued to teach and show her art in Panama, where she and her late husband lived for 9 years. Barbara currently lives and creates art in her home studio in Carmel Valley, San Diego.
Barbara developed her interest in painting on silk when requested to make a wedding chuppa for her oldest son. She continued to develop this art form, creating Judaica and wearable art for clients and teaching silk painting privately and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati's
community education program.
In Panama, Barbara opened an art studio and taught classes for
tourists and residents from throughout the region. She also took advantage of the colorful culture and impressive landscapes to create large quilted impressionistic tapestries in her hand dyed silk, as well as watercolors and acrylic paintings.
Barbara's art-acrylics, watercolors, oils, pencil, collages, mosaics, clay, textiles-shows her affinity for the rich colors and bold lines of the 20th century expressionists. Her art reflects the influences of the many places she has lived- Cincinnati, Washington DC, Israel, Washington Heights in New York City, and Boquete, Panama. "Whatever the media, I approach the creative process with spontaneity and energy, as a process of discovery."
Barbara's silk works were exhibited at the Ohio Craft Museum and the
JCC of Manhattan and accepted for sale at the Jewish Museum
Judaica shop. Barbara's Panama paintings, tapestries and works in polymer clay were exhibited in Panama City and Chiriqui Province.
Her commissions and other works are in private collections
throughout Panama, Israel and the US.
BA George Washington University 1967
BS Nursing Columbia University 1974